Four Important Pieces of Equipment for Voice to Text Transcription

If you are starting to travel down the road as an audio transcriptionist, there are several pieces of equipment that you will need. Some of it is absolutely necessary while some it will make the job of transcribing audio much easier. The following are a few of the most important pieces of equipment.

A good software program

You will be transcribing audio from digital files and are likely to be downloading them from a website or an email. Once you have the file, a software program can play back the audio and allow you to adjust volume, treble bass and even filter out certain background noise. This type of program will also allow you to start and stop the recording, so you will have time to transcribe what you have heard. Few transcriptionists can type fast enough to transcribe without pausing. This software will also allow you to play back a portion or even the entire file if you desire. Although it is possible to play audio files with certain programs that you probably already have on your computer, it is much easier to have transcriptionist software. 

A foot pedal

This pedal is usually USB compatible and plugs into any USB port available on your computer. The purpose of a foot pedal is to allow you to transcribe with both hands on the keyboard without needing to use one of your hands to stop and stop the program with your mouse. This equipment may seem optional, but if you spend enough time transcribing without one, you will realize a large increase in productivity, as measured by words transcribed per minute, when you make the switch.  

A good pair of headphones or earbuds

The important part of headphones is that they are comfortable. Naturally, you want a pair with good sound, but keep in mind that you will be using them for long periods of time if you are doing this for a living. Make sure your transcription headsets are comfortable. 

A good chair

Any time you sit for a long time, you need to have a chair that is comfortable. Although this work can become lucrative, it can be uncomfortable if your chair doesn't feel right to you. Invest your money in a good chair.

If you are ready to make a commitment to audio transcription, then you need to make a commitment to buying the right equipment, so you can be as productive as possible.